5 Mix-Ins for Dry Face Masks


One of my favorite things about a dry, powdered face mask is its endless potential. While the extra step of blending in a bit of water might turn some people off, to me the blending process is an invitation to explore the possibilities and address different skincare issues that come up throughout the year. Plus, it’s really satisfying—like a miniature cooking session with none of the time or mess involved.

With a handful of ingredients you likely have in stock already, you can customize a single face mask and effectively transform it into 4 or 5 different masks. Since many of the dry face masks out there veer toward the detoxifying side of the aisle with clays, herbs and spices ready to come to life with a sprinkle of water, you can persuade them to be more gentle or even more vigorous if you venture beyond the simple “just add water” mantra.

Here are my top five mix-ins for dry face masks, from the most gentle to the most active.

1. Rosewater — Rosewater is naturally soothing and moisturizing—a blissful tonic for stressed skin. If you’re already pushing the limits of your comfort zone by using a mask that’s more active than you’re used to, try using rosewater to blend the mask rather than regular water. It will add a therapeutic scent and calming base to the mask.

2. Raw Honey — It’s no secret how obsessed I am with raw honey for glowing, happy skin. Many of my favorite masks include honey in the base. Honey is a great choice for people with sensitivities who also struggle with acne. It’s antibacterial and incredibly healing, plus it helps skin retain moisture since it’s a natural humectant. I use it as a gentle cleanser from time to time, but it really shines as a mixing medium for your dry masks.

3. Greek Yogurt — For skin that needs to be pampered while clays and other detoxifying botanical goodies do their thing, Greek yogurt makes a fabulous add-in. As you know, Greek yogurt can be a mask all by itself. The lactic acid helps gently clear pores while the probiotics enhance your glow. Greek yogurt adds a moisturizing boost to skin, so if you’re worried that the mask you’re using is too drying, mix-in some Greek yogurt and you’ll still get great results.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar — This kitchen staple deserves a place on your top shelf in the bathroom, especially if you’re struggling with skin imbalances, hyperpigmentation or clogged pores. The natural acids present in ACV remove dead skin cells and clarify. ACV balances oil production for both oily and dry skin types, too. Just be sure to dilute ACV before adding it to your mask. It’s too concentrated to apply neat in most cases, and it can burn! Mix ACV in a 1:3 ratio with water and add to your dry mask.

5. Lemon juice — Similar to ACV, fresh lemon juice can pack a punch and help brighten the complexion while treating acne. It lightens age spots and other discolorations, and it clarifies. It’s adds a big dose of vitamin C to your mask, which helps neutralize free radicals and boost collagen production. Be sure to dilute the lemon juice in a 1:3 ratio with water before adding to your favorite dry mask.

What are your favorite mix-ins for dry face masks?


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